When another person’s negligence results in catastrophic injuries, you may find yourself struggling to pay the medical bills. Learning to function after an accident can be difficult. You must adapt to your new reality on top of paying for your care.
While you can file a personal injury lawsuit, what do you do about the medical bills in the meantime?
When do you receive your personal injury settlement?
How long it takes to receive your settlement depends on the nature of your case. Most personal injury cases do not make it to trial, but you still have to prove that someone’s negligence resulted in your injuries to receive the settlement. Complex cases and high-value cases tend to take longer to receive the settlement. In the meantime, you may have bills stacking up.
Will hospitals accept payment after your settlement?
Hospitals may work with you so that you do not have to pay while you wait for your settlement. You must show the hospital that you have a case against another party. The hospital will put a lien on your action or claim. In Texas, the hospitals that can use liens include admitting hospitals and any hospitals you transfer to. For a hospital to attach a lien, you must go to the hospital within 72 hours after the accident.
If you receive a settlement, part of your settlement will go to the hospital to pay your medical bills. You do not have to pay anything until you receive your settlement. This allows you to focus on the case without worrying about going deeper into debt over your medical bills.